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Certain Beliefs and Uncertain Evidence – the Case of Shugden

Newcombe, Suzanne (2021). Certain Beliefs and Uncertain Evidence – the Case of Shugden. In: Knott, Kim and Francis, Matthew eds. Minority Religions and Uncertainty. Routledge-Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements. Routledge (In Press).

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Abstract

This chapter analyses the narratives and arguments presented on both sides of the Shugden controversy between 1996 and early 2016. Both supporters and detractors of the Dalai Lama's position recapitulated beliefs with heartfelt certainty. However empirical evidence supporting either positions is much more uncertain. This chapter argues that the polarized commitment seen in these disputes took the focus off unsettling political and existential questions and located knowledge in the certainty of personal experience.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-4724-8451-7, 978-1-4724-8451-2
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 54130
Depositing User: Suzanne Newcombe
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 19:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54130
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